Blockchain technology continues to make headlines as BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, files an application for a Bitcoin ETF. In a game-changing move, BlackRock will rely on Coinbase Custody as their trusted custodial solution and use Coinbase’s spot market data for accurate pricing. While it is unclear whether the ETF will be based on spot or futures contracts, the filing alone signals a turning point in the industry as a traditional financial giant embraces the potential of Bitcoin.

Meanwhile, Ripple is collaborating with Colombia’s central bank, Banco de la República, and blockchain firm Peersyst Technology to explore the benefits of blockchain technology for high-value payment system use cases. The pilot, overseen by Colombia’s information and communications ministry, aims to drive innovation, efficiency, and transparency. Ripple’s CBDC platform, which has already been implemented by monetary authorities in Hong Kong, Montenegro, and Bhutan, will be used in interactive real-world application experiments.

While blockchain technology continues to see increased adoption and innovation, Bitcoin’s price has fallen below $25,000, triggering concerns among traders and analysts. With a 4.2% loss over the past 24 hours and 6% loss across the week, Bitcoin faces a critical test as it tries to reclaim the $25,600 mark. Some analysts are troubled by the possibility of a slide to below $20,000, and while significant trading activity suggests continued interest and market engagement, Bitcoin’s market capitalization has seen a $30 billion loss in the past week.

As blockchain technology gains new allies and Bitcoin faces a challenging period, the potential and potential risks of cryptocurrency continue to be at the forefront of financial discussion and innovation.